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Alessio Franco ‘21 Recruiting Profile

  • East Grand Rapids High School
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Men's Soccer
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Alessio Franco's Men's Soccer Recruiting Profile
FC Malaga City U19 Academy
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Personal Statement

My name is Alessio Franco and I am a 2021 Student/Athlete currently starting at/playing in Spain for FC Malaga City U19 Academy. I am a left-footed left-back. In Spring 2020, we played FC Barcelona U19, Sevilla FC U19, Granada CD U19, Cadiz U19, Almeria U19 and Malaga CF U19. We also played 3 senior-side professional sides in exhibition matches. I will rejoin the team in August 2020 for the upcoming season.

For FC Malaga City, I start at left back and am expected to be a "box-to-box" player supporting both the offense and defensive sides of the game. Before moving to Spain, I played for Midwest United FC 02 Royal (NL) where I played outside left wing back. I have always been expected to defend box to box but also to get heavily involved offensively in support of the formation. With my H.S. team, I played the no7 role and was expected to actively and aggressively be offense-minded, with goals and assists too. I scored 30+ goals as a Freshmen and Sophomore in my 2 seasons in H.S.

I am left-footed with strong accuracy, good touch and offensive and defensive skills. I have a strong soccer IQ and love the game. I'm always watching matches and on a field playing.  I am fast (fastest player on my team here in Spain) which allows me to both defend and attack well.

I can adapt and play many positions (have also played center back as well as striker/OM) and am comfortable in multiple formations. I am quick to learn and eager to support my teammates and coaches. I train hard and enjoy spending time improving my overall game. I think I am a good teammate and really enjoy being part of a squad.

My goal is to represent a great school/program, teammates and staff and want to make a strong impact wherever I earn an opportunity to play. I also value my education and want to ensure that I do very well in the classroom as well to make sure that I am preparing for my future away from the field.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 1 year
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 1 year
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #13
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-Region, 2nd Team All-State

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 2 seasons
  • 2020 FC Malaga City U19 Academy (Academy)
  • Notes: In Spring 2020, we played the following teams: FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, Valencia, Granada CF, Malaga FC, Almeria FC, Cadiz FC plus Senior Professional sides from Switzerland and Denmark. Started all matches at left-back
  • 2019 Midwest United FC 02 Royal (National League, MRL)
  • Notes: 4x Michigan State Cup Champions (U17, U15, U14, U13), 2x National League RED Champions (2017, 2018), 2018 and 2017 USYSA National Championships (Frisco,Texas), Region II Runner-Up U15 2017

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • AJ Dufendach
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Luke Ruff
  • Club Director
  • Josh Sheldon
  • Club Director
  • George Jermy



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High School Information

High School:
East Grand Rapids High School
(616) 235-7555

Academic Accomplishments

AP Classes:
Yes. Spanish
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